Choices and Sacrifices

A Birthday Reflection from 2014 Letters to the newspaper can have unexpected consequences. After a letter I wrote  to the Jamaica Gleaner (commenting on the treatment of a patient at one of our public hospital)  was published, my mother was asked by a doctor she knows whether I had suffered any backlash as a result …

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One Love

On Sunday April 21, 2019, I watched in shock and horror as the BBC brought the news of the deadly bombings in Sri Lankan churches and hotels into my living room. Sadly reports of acts of terror like this are all too common but this one hit me a little harder as I am Sri …

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Prescriptions and politicians

Sometime ago one of my regular patients needed a prescription for antibiotics. He asked me to write the prescription in his cousin's name as that cousin had health insurance. I refused, explaining that it was not only illegal, but dishonest to write prescriptions like that. Predictably he countered that other doctors had done so for …

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“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you” – Khalil Gibran

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a quiet Ash Wednesday at home with my younger daughter. It was just the two of us, because her dad was away travelling for work, and her older sister has been away at college since last September. Both of us were engrossed in our own work, but …

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My Father’s Words

In January 1998, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to be with my husband while he completed his PhD. I was there for almost a year, and during that time, my primary means of communication with my family and friends back home in Jamaica was by regular mail (aka snail mail) or email. It was before …

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Shades Of Grey

At my mother's house, there is a grey couch that sits in the part of the living room designated for telephone activity. It looks very ordinary compared to the other richly carved antique furniture in my mother's house. If there was a fire and I could only save one item it would be that couch. …

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“For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday” – Khalil Gibran

Eighteen years ago, on the morning of September 20, after almost 24 hours of labour, we finally got to meet our first-born, a beautiful baby girl with a headful of hair, and a face that was the “dead stamp” of her father, as we say in Jamaica. We named her Rajini, which means queen but …

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